NIDRR and the national TBI database

The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) sponsors the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model System programs and the TBI National Data and Statistical Center. As a TBI Model System, the Mayo Clinic program is intended to:

  • Demonstrate and evaluate the cost-benefit and service-delivery outcomes of a comprehensive service delivery system for individuals with TBI
  • Establish a research program to evaluate the development of a new database, and conduct innovative analysis of data
  • Demonstrate and evaluate the development and application of improved and innovative methods essential to the care and rehabilitation of individuals with TBI
  • Participate in national studies of the TBI Model System concept by contributing to the National TBI Model Systems database as prescribed by the Secretary of Education

Essential components of a model system include:

  • Emergency medical services
  • Acute neurosurgical and rehabilitative care in a trauma center environment
  • Comprehensive rehabilitation services in an inpatient TBI rehabilitation facility
  • Long-term interdisciplinary follow-up and outpatient rehabilitation services

The Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems National Data and Statistical Center is located at Craig Hospital in Englewood, Colo. The overall focus of the center is to:

  • Serve as a central resource for researchers and data collectors
  • Advance medical rehabilitation by increasing the rigor and efficiency of scientific efforts
  • Assess the experience of individuals with traumatic brain injury over the very long term
  • Provide technical assistance, training and methodological consultation to all 16 centers, where research is conducted toward TBI evidence-based rehabilitation interventions